Friday, December 08, 2017

Happy Holiday Houseplants

‘Tis the season for indoor gardening! So here are a few of our favorite tips, tricks, and (of course) trusty tonics that will keep your houseplants gorgeous, green, and growin’ all winter long:

Pretty up your plants. Never use water to clean the leaves of your houseplants. If your African violets, gloxinias, poinsettias, or other hairy-leaved plants are looking a little dusty, you can give them a gentle going-over with a soft baby’s hairbrush instead.

Get rid of the wrap. If you were lucky enough to receive a beautiful potted plant as a holiday gift, keep in mind that the colorful foil wrapping that covers the pot is just for display. It can actually be harmful if it’s left on too long, so make sure to remove it after a few days. Until that time, cut a small hole in the foil on the underside of the pot so excess water can still drain out.

Give poinsettias a boost. Keep them lush and lovely even after the holidays are gone with this power-packed potion: 1/4 cup of beer, 1/2 tbsp. of unflavored gelatin, 1/2 tbsp. of fish emulsion, 1/2 tbsp. of vitamin B1 plant starter, 1/2 tbsp. of ammonia, 1/2 tbsp. of instant tea granules, and 1 gal. of water. Mix it all up in a watering can, and use it every time your plants need a drink.

Spread the green. It’s easy to add to your plant collection—and you won’t even have to spend a dime! African violets, gloxinias, rex begonias, and peperomia are a few houseplants that root in a flash just from leaf cuttings. All you have to do is snip off a mature leaf with 2 or 3 inches of leafstalk attached, and insert the cutting into a new pot of soil. Make sure the leaf is standing straight up in the pot and that the cutting is planted deep enough that the leaf blades are touching the soil. As an added bonus, you might even get two or more new plants from a single leaf!

Feed your indoor garden. To keep your indoor herbs, veggies, and potted citrus trees happy and healthy all winter long (plus prevent pests!), mix up this terrific tonic in a handheld sprayer: 1 tbsp. of liquid kelp, 1/8 tsp. of dishwashing liquid, and 1 gal. of water. Then, just spray your plants every 2-3 weeks.

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Friday, December 01, 2017

Flocking in a Winter Wonderland

Colorful berries on trees and shrubs are known for attracting winter birds. But that’s not all that our feathered friends love to flock to! Here’s how to turn your backyard into a winter wonderland—that’s literally for the birds:

Create a Feeding Station. Simply drill 1-inch holes into a thick branch, and hang it from a tree. Fill the holes with suet (heating it first to make it easier to pack), and you’re good to go. Just make sure to keep refill the suet every few days.
Fill a Winter Birdbath. A supply of fresh water for drinking and bathing is a must all year round, but it’s especially important in winter! Heat some water to lukewarm and pour it into your birdbath every morning. The birds will love their luxurious winter hot tub!
Whip up a fruity treat. Combine 4 parts black oil sunflower seeds, 1 part cracked corn, 1 part chopped dates, and 1 part chopped dried cherries, and stir to mix thoroughly. Serve it in an unroofed tray feeder so the birds can spot the sweet stuff as they’re flying by.

For even more terrific tips, tricks, and treats that’ll attract beautiful birds to your backyard, just check out our bestselling book, Backyard Birdscaping Bonanza. You can even try it out FREE for 21 days with our Free Preview!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Turkey Day Leftovers With a Twist!

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday filled with lots of fabulous food! And if you’re like us, you're now left with TONS of leftovers you've gotta eat up! But don't worry. We've got some easy, fast, and delicious ways to make your second-, third-, and even your fourth-day feast fun and oh-so tasty! Here are four of our favorite ways to enjoy Turkey Day leftovers:

Quick Quesadillas. Simply tuck turkey pieces, veggies, and cranberry sauce (or a drizzle of gravy if you'd prefer) between two tortillas, and heat the whole thing up in the oven.
Turkey Noodle Soup. Skinless turkey meat and leftover veggies are perfect additions to a hearty Fall soup. Boil any noodles you’d like, then add turkey broth and as much meat and veggies and you'd like!
Super Sandwich. Spread pureed squash or yams on slices of rye bread, then pile on a few cold turkey slices and some lettuce, tomato, and onion. Top with another slice of rye bread, and enjoy.
Thanksgiving Sliders. Grab a couple of leftover rolls, and slice them in half to make four buns. Add warmed up turkey and stuffing to each bottom bun, replace the top buns, then dollop with leftover cranberry sauce and a drizzle of hot gravy.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Perfect Pumpkin Pie

Hooray! Thanksgiving is almost here! And that means it’s almost time for pumpkin pie—so what better time to share our favorite recipe? This pumpkin pie recipe is a wow-worthy winner when you use a traditional pie crust. But here’s a little secret: If you bake this filling in custard cups instead, you’ll have a power-packed dessert with only half the calories!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups canned pumpkin
  • 1 ½ cups evaporated skim milk
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. blackstrap molasses
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 pie shell, or 6 custard cups

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 300°F
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin, milk, sugars, molasses, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and eggs, and stir with a wire whisk until thoroughly blended
  • Ladle into your custard cups or prepared pie crust.
  • If baking in custard cups, arrange the cups on a rack set in a baking pan of hot water. The water should not go more than halfway up the sides of the cups.
  • If baking in a traditional pie crust, simply pop into the oven as usual.
  • Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the pie comes out clean. Chill before serving.
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Friday, November 10, 2017

It's a Pumpkin Muffin Kind of Morning!

Here’s a terrific breakfast treat that’s sure to be a hit on any Fall morning. These Pumpkin Muffins taste and smell sinfully delicious, but the truth is, they’re good enough to be a part of a healthy, whole-grain diet because, believe it or not, they are only 159 calories each!

1½ cups white whole-wheat flour
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
1 cup canned pumpkin
½ cup honey
3 tablespoons canola oil
½ cup raisins

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners. In a large bowl, combine the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and baking powder. In a separate bowl, mix the egg, pumpkin, honey, and oil, until well blended. Pour the pumpkin mixture into the dry ingredients, and stir just until mixed. Fold in the raisins, and ladle the batter into the paper liners. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Enjoy!

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Friday, November 03, 2017

How Do You Like Them Apples?

Last week, we gave you five fabulous recipes using pumpkin…This week, we’re shining a spotlight onto Fall’s other star ingredient: Apples! So get out to your local apple orchard (or maybe just your backyard!) and pick a basket-full. Then, make up one of these dandy apple dishes…

Cheesy Apple English Muffin: Open an English muffin and place 2 apple slices on each side. Cover the apples with 2 slices of reduced-fat cheddar cheese, and toast in a toaster oven or under a broiler until the cheese is melted.

Roasted Apple Salad: Peel 2 apples, and slice them into wedges. Toss the apples with 2 tsp. of olive oil and ¼ tsp. of thyme. Bake the apples for 25-30 minutes at 400°F, turning once halfway through. Then, remove the apples, and let them cool. Toss 3 cups of spinach and 6 cups of mixed baby greens together, and drizzle with ½ cup of red wine vinaigrette dressing. Top with the roasted apples, 2/3 cup of shredded Swiss cheese, and ¼ cup chopped walnuts. (Makes 6 servings)

Chunky French Applesauce: Cut 1 apple into bite-sized chunks. Place the apple into a saucepan with a third cup of raisins, ¼ cup of chopped walnuts, ½ tsp. ground cinnamon, a pinch of ground nutmeg, and ½ cup of water. Bring everything to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until apples are tender, stirring occasionally. Serve warm or cold over the top of grilled pork chops. (Makes 4 servings)

Amazing Apple Crisp: Peel, core, and slice 6 apples. Mix the apples in a bowl with ¾ cup of sugar, 2 Tbsp. lemon juice, 1 Tbsp. flour, and 1 tsp. cinnamon, then spread the mixture over a lightly greased 9-inch square pan. In another bowl, combine 1 cup of old-fashioned oats, ¾ cup brown sugar, ¾ cup melted butter, and ¼ tsp. baking soda. Mix well. Sprinkle the crumble evenly over the apples in the pan. Bake for 30 minutes at 375°F and serve warm, topped with vanilla ice cream. (Makes 8 servings)

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Friday, October 27, 2017

4 Smashing Recipes (Starring Pumpkin)

Boo! Get ready for the spookiest time of the year—that’s right; Halloween is almost here. And what says “Happy Halloween” better than pumpkin, especially when it's on your plate!
Earlier, we covered how to prep and cook a pumpkin. If you missed it, head over to Jerry Baker Home, Health, and Garden on Facebook. (And while you’re there, don’t forget to like, follow, and share our page, too!)
Now that your pumpkin is out of the oven and pureed, you can pop it into containers and freeze it for later use, or you can enjoy it right away in one of these four tasty and amazing ways:
  • Savory Pumpkin Mash: Stir your mashed pumpkin with a little margarine, ground cinnamon, and skim milk, and eat it instead of plain old mashed potatoes. It goes perfectly with grilled poultry!
  • Sweet Pumpkin Puree: Sprinkle your pumpkin puree with pumpkin pie spice and chopped toasted pecans. Serve it with pork tenderloin for a delicious Fall dinner.
  • Pumpkin Pot Roast: Add a little salt and pepper to your pureed pumpkin, then pour it over lean pot roast like a gravy. So easy, so quick, and so yummy.
  • Berry Good Pumpkin Bowl: Season a bowl of warm pumpkin with ground ginger, and stir in some raisins or dried cranberries. Top with slices of baked chicken, and dig in!
Don’t worry, we’re not done yet—we’ve also got the best pumpkin seed recipe ever! These tiny treats are the perfect snack to munch on this season. And they’re also a good, concentrated source of zinc, a critical virus-fighter! Here’s how to make ‘em:
  • The Tastiest Toasted Pumpkin Seeds: Separate the seeds from any remaining pumpkin pulp by running them under water. Then, spread the seeds out on a cooking sheet in a single layer. Coat them with non-stick cooking spray, and sprinkle them lightly with salt (or garlic salt, if you’d like). Bake at 325°F for about 25 minutes or so, until toasted. Then gobble ‘em up!
We hope you enjoy these Fall Favorites! And for more tummy tempting ideas that’ll keep you in the pink of health, check out our bestselling book, Homemade Health. You can even try it FREE for 21 days with our Free Preview!